With just tumble-down walls and inquisitive cattle as company, cycle through the most rugged and windswept part of Ireland with Patrick O'Regan from Burren Way Mountain Bike Tours in this 360° video.
For many cyclists the Ireland of their two-wheeled dreams means passing verdant fields and lush rolling hills. However, when you embark on a cycle through one of Ireland’s most unique landscapes, you swap a shamrock postcard for a carpet of karst limestone.
Which is not to say the Burren region isn’t completely mesmerising. Stretching across the northern part of County Clare, from the Atlantic coast to Kinvara in County Galway, the Burren National Park covers a remarkable 1,500ha of limestone pavement, hazel scrub, woodland, springs and cliffs. Its distinctive topography is a result of intense activity beneath the earth, which was then forced high and dry by great geological force. Amid the craggy rocks wild flowers sprout in springtime, speckling the horizon with an array of pinks, blues and yellows.
As featured in the 360° video above, cycling the Burren Way is the perfect way to get to grips with this fascinating landscape. Extending for more than 123km of lively coastal villages, limestone terraces, Neolithic remains and Christian churches and sites, the Burren Way can be covered in a week-long session or broken up into shorter cycling bursts with the help of Burren tours. Would-be wheelers can rent bicycles and cover the route at their own pace or follow a guided tour, guaranteed to open cyclists' eyes to several undiscovered gems.
For example, cruise the superb coast road as you pedal your way to the aptly-named Black Head or the golden-tinted Fanore beach. Alternatively, cross the Burren via match-making mecca Lisdoonvarna or music hub Doolin to reach the incredible Cliffs of Moher. Other highlights along the route include Ireland’s oldest working perfumery, the beautiful Flaggy Shore and the spectacular Mullaghmore where you might even catch a surfer indulging in a Hawaiian-style big-wave adventure.
Cycling offers an opportunity to explore this and other parts of the Wild Atlantic Way on your own terms. You can go anywhere or nowhere, stopping as few or as many times as you like. The terrain, although hilly in parts, is mostly gentle on the legs as there are very few steep inclines in this region. This makes exploring the Burren by bike a suitable activity tour for almost everyone.
If you would like to make this virtual video a reality in your own life, there are a range of activity operators offering bike hire and guided tours in the region. For a list of places to stay near the route, visit here.
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